Anton Kovalyov, a Ukrainian-born Montrealer, says he was called a gypsy before forfeiting the tournament: ‘The issue was not the shorts, but how I was treated’

Canada’s chess federation is preparing to lodge a formal complaint with the sport’s world governing body after the country’s top prospect was berated for wearing shorts and called a gypsy by an official at a recent World Cup.

Anton Kovalyov, a Ukrainian-born Montrealer, travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia, earlier this month to take part in the international tournament. Minutes before one of the biggest matches of his career, an official asked the 25-year-old to change out of the plaid shorts he was wearing.

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